Is it safe to keep doing my normal yoga class?

It should be fine to continue with your usual class as long as you tell your teacher about your pregnancy.

Pregnant woman participating  in yoga class.

Some positions and breathing exercises aren’t good for pregnant women. If your teacher doesn’t have experience of doing yoga with women during pregnancy, they may recommend that you switch to an instructor who does.

As you move into the middle months and your baby grows, your centre of gravity will shift because your bump is getting bigger. You may find that you are less stable, so take care and move slowly. For standing postures, use support if you need to – a wall or a chair, for instance.

If your preferred yoga style before pregnancy was Bikram, move to a gentler style. Doing yoga in a heated room puts you in danger of overheating, which is not good for your baby.

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Sources

  1. RCOG (2006) Exercise in Pregnancy: Statement No. 4, London, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:https://www.rcog.org.uk/globalassets/documents/guidelines/statements/statement-no-4.pdf 
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Last reviewed on February 1st, 2015. Next review date February 1st, 2018.

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